The 2020 Royal Rumble managed to give us more than a few surprises—Drew McIntyre winning the whole thing and eliminating Brock Lesnar in the process being one of them—but nothing will be remembered more than Edge making his return to in-ring action after a nine-year absence.
This was no regular return from injury, either. This was the impossible actually happening. Edge’s cervical spinal stenosis was supposed to end his career. When he retired, it was at the height of his power as a singles wrestler; he vacated the World Heavyweight Championship and it left us wondering what could have been.
Now, we might actually get to see what could have been. Edge is back—or at least, he was back for a brief moment before the dastardly Randy Orton put him on the shelf again—and that has us salivating over a number of potential dream matchups. Let’s ignore Randy Orton for now, because that match is bound to happen at some point. But who else would we love to see Edge square off against during his return to WWE?
5. Seth Rollins
The “Monday Night Messiah” is at his absolute smarmiest right now. What could be better than the “Rated R Superstar” putting him in his place? Edge and Seth Rollins have styles that undoubtedly complement each other, and no matter the reason for locking up, they’d surely deliver something pay-per-view-worthy. It’s also a whole lot of fun imagining the way these two would attempt to set up and counter each others’ finishers; they’re primed to be reversed until someone finally lands one.
(Ed. note: I’d personally also like to see it because of that time Rollins tried to kill Edge on live TV.)
4. AJ Styles
Two veterans looking to make their claim late in their careers. Two different paths—Edge’s long-standing relationship with WWE and AJ Styles’ long road to the big stage—converging for a once-in-a-lifetime bout. Imagine the possibilities both in the ring and in terms of storytelling.
3. The Undertaker
The last several years of The Undertaker’s career have largely been defined by a single question: Who will officially retire him? It’s a complicated question and one that WWE has seemingly answered before, only to then have “The Deadman” come back once again. Roman Reigns probably had the best story when it came to retiring The Undertaker, but now that their fight at WrestleMania 33 is no longer considered a retirement match, the opening is there for Edge. Imagine him having his bittersweet, Flair-Michaels “I love you, I’m sorry” moment with a legend he admires, with the added layer of coming back from injury only to end someone else’s career for good. The emotions are too good to pass up.
2. Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens is the WWE Superstar who spins gold out of anything. He can play a number of roles, and there’s no doubt he’d set fire to a feud with Edge. Both Canadians are great on the mic, and they’d surely find a way to make this personal. Plus, the contrasting styles would be a lot of fun, with Owens trying to brawl his way to victory and Edge fighting out from under. Book it.
1. Roman Reigns
Spear vs. Spear. One of the biggest stars of both the Attitude and Ruthless Aggression Era coming up against one of the modern day’s most-decorated stars. Multiple-time champions battling it out to prove that they deserve to be considered among the greatest of all time. You want to talk about a match for Edge that’s worthy of the main event of WrestleMania in this day and age? This is it. This is the marquee, and perhaps the perfect way to send Edge off into the sunset.